My "brand new" chalkboard hanging on the wall in my office! Now that this post is done, I guess I need to update my To Do list...
(In the bottom left hand corner is one of my prized possessions - a photo booth strip of A and I... from 1991!)
It's possible that "DIY" would have been a more accurate title, but that expression has been thrown around so much lately that it has almost lost all meaning! I did indeed do this myself and I am actually quite proud! Those of you who know me well, know I am no DIY Dame (that would be my girl Ginger) and thus, I am really quite tickled that I saw this project through to the end (even if I did buy the frame in September!) and that the final result was so great/gratifying!
Though I was inspired by Erica from P.S. I Made This and Ginger Dame from Hunt Gather Fashion, the real impetus for this project came from the very lovely and uber talented Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere (who we have a bit of a blogger crush on her here at 365FR). Click here to check out Emily's post on her marvy office space and to see her chalkboard. Originally, I had wanted to make a chalkboard closer in size to hers, but when I found this vintage frame (on Queen & Roncesvalles for those of you in TO), I knew it was just dying to become a functional and funky addition to the ever-evolving space that is my office nook. This project is truly easy and economical! Here's what you'll need:
- frame (vintage or otherwise)
- light weight wood or placard
- black chalk board paint - a truly cool invention
- roller or paint brush
Then, it's as simple as 1,2,3,4! Pick out your frame and get your piece of wood/placard cut to fit (they will do this for you at Home Depot as the incredibly kind Wolfgang told me when I walked in looking appropriately confounded). Paint the wood or placard, two coats is best, and be sure to wait for a full 72 hours before writing on it. Place the painted piece in the frame, hang and voilà! What better way to spend your time at this cold/snowy/icy/stormy time of year (for those of you not experiencing any of the aforementioned types of weather, well... I forgive you!) than by rolling your sleeves up and adding a new addition to your home or office the old fashioned way - by making it yourself! You know the old saying, "If I can do it..."